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Raleigh OKs contract for last link on Neuse River Greenway

Posted January 7, 2014

The 28-mile Neuse River Trail was officially dedicated Thursday, giving the City of Raleigh another reason to shine.
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— Construction on the last segment of the Neuse River Greenway should begin soon after the Raleigh City Council approved a contract for it Tuesday.

Fred Smith Company II LLC will build the 0.81-mile Horseshoe Bend section of the greenway trail for $819,950. The segment will link the trail from the WRAL Soccer Center on Perry Creek Road to U.S. Highway 401 and will include a bridge over the Neuse River and a short boardwalk section.

Once the segment opens in August, the Neuse River Greenway will extend 27.5 miles, from Falls Lake Dam in north Raleigh southeast to the Johnston County line, making it the longest greenway in North Carolina and the longest paved trail between northern Virginia and western Georgia.

The approximately $32 million trail has been funded by parks and recreation bonds approved by Raleigh voters in 2003 and 2007, the federal government, Wake County Open Space funds and other local jurisdictions.

In other business, the City Council approved the sale of the southern part of the Charter Square site, adjacent to City Plaza downtown, to Dominion Realty for $6.3 million. The developer, which plans to build a 230,000-square-foot office building and related amenities, also acquired a two-year option to purchase the northern portion of the site.

The site had previously been held by Charter Square LLC, but the city bought it back in November when the firm was unable to meet a deadline to begin construction of a mixed-use, 11-story building.

The council also voted 7-1 to approve a $343,500 contract with a consultant team led by Sasaki Associates Inc. for work on Raleigh's Downtown Plan. The plan, which is expected to take nine months to complete, will create a 10-year vision that includes short-, mid-, and long-term improvements to downtown Raleigh.

Also, the council authorized city staff to negotiate a contract with Design Workshop to lead a study on how to make Six Forks Road more friendly for transit, pedestrians and bicyclists between Interstate 440 and Lynn Road.

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  • klink Jan 8, 2014

    I agree, with whatelseisnew..,...we will be seeing this new path in news for assaults and other crimes; its a real nice area.

  • dirkdiggler Jan 8, 2014

    August? What the heck happened to February? Stop pushing it back! Argh!

    But to end on a positive note- Thank you for the beautiful greenway. We love it beyond comprehension, and have ridden from one end to the other, even with a short detour at Horseshoe Bend. It will be nice to not have to brave crossing over 401 to get to the soccer complex to continue on.

  • chipholland Jan 8, 2014

    27 miles of greenway trail is quite an accomplishment. This goes to show that you don't need large bond issues to build a system like this -- just consistent investment year after year.

  • Vote for Pedro Jan 8, 2014

    "Fred Smith Company II LLC will build the 0.81-mile Horseshoe Bend section of the greenway trail for $819,950.

    Less than a mile of trail for close to a million dollars... I'll make you a trail for half of that!"

    Hey if I got to spend someone else's money, the price would not matter to me either. raleigh can just borrow some more money and tell the foolish voters of that city ah its just x more dollars per month added to your property tax.
    whatelseisnew

    It actually is a pretty low cost. Fred's replacing a bridge about 15 feet long over a creek near me that is costing $850k+.

  • HankScorpio Jan 8, 2014

    That comes out to about $192 per foot. Not bad in my opinion considering the equipment and crew needed to clear the land and prep the bedding. The finished sections of the trail are very well constructed.

  • Indifferent...sometimes Jan 8, 2014

    Probably a reasonable bid, it's more involved than just laying asphalt. Build it cheap and it won't last, build it right and it will serve the area a long time.

  • Inside The Beltline Jan 7, 2014

    Less than a mile of trail for close to a million dollars... I'll make you a trail for half of that!- mommeeee

    My hunch is you couldn't build a tree house. I think Fred Smith Company will do a fine job for under a million dollars to build a trail over wetlands and a river and add value to quality of life in Raleigh.

  • VanC Jan 7, 2014

    Regarding why it costs so much, I am assuming y'all read the part that says "The segment will link the trail from the WRAL Soccer Center on Perry Creek Road to U.S. Highway 401 and will include a bridge over the Neuse River and a short boardwalk section." I am assuming the building over a river and swampy area is the reason for the extra costs.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 7, 2014

    "Fred Smith Company II LLC will build the 0.81-mile Horseshoe Bend section of the greenway trail for $819,950.

    Less than a mile of trail for close to a million dollars... I'll make you a trail for half of that!"

    Hey if I got to spend someone else's money, the price would not matter to me either. raleigh can just borrow some more money and tell the foolish voters of that city ah its just x more dollars per month added to your property tax.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 7, 2014

    Excellent, this is good news for those criminals that will be using these Government provided hunting grounds.

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